ARTH-247-01 Jews in 19th-century Art and Culture
Spring for 2016-2017
In this course we utilise a rich array of visual and literary sources to grapple with the complexities of the Jew experiences of emancipation, assimilation, nostalgia and Otherness during the nineteenth century. With a focus on England and France, we take an object-based approach as we traverse the major historical shifts in the status of Jews from the French Revolution until World War One. We examine works by Jewish artists and writers, as well as works by non-Jewish artists and writers about Jews, Jewry and Judaism. Topics of enquiry include: romanticizing the shtetl; Jews at the Royal Academy and Paris Salon; caricaturing the Jewish ‘race’; Francis Galton at the Jewish Free School; Simeon Solomon on trial; Impressionism and the Dreyfus Affair; Henri Toulouse-Lautrec versus Alphonse de Rothschild; Sarah Bernhardt and other Jewesses on stage.
*for ARTH majors, fulfills the Modern/American distribution requirement
**for ARTH minors, fulfills the post-1600 distribution requirement
This course is also offered as JCIV 247-01